WATCH: Are America’s Police Departments Waging a War on Black Bodies?

Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson wasn’t a fluke. Eric Garner’s death in Staten Island wasn’t a fluke. Their deaths are actually part of a much larger pattern of abuse of black communities at the hands of our nation’s police departments. On Tuesday, September 9 at 6:30pm EST, join the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for a town hall meeting on the aggressive policing of black bodies in America. Moderated by Joel Diaz, the discussion will feature contributions by Khalil G. Muhammad (Director of the Schomburg Center); Jelani Cobb (Historian and Journalist); Claudia De La Cruz (Founder of Da Urban Butterflies); and Darnell L. Moore (Activist and Co-organizer of Black Lives Matter); and a special reading by writer Akeema Zane.

C-SPAN: Race, Discrimination and Poverty

Civil rights leaders talked about race and poverty in the United States. They focused many of their remarks on Dr. Martin Luther King’s beliefs and teaching regarding poverty. Other topics included economic literacy, perceptions of the poor, and unemployment.

The panel discussion was part of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) 55th annual convention.